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Students failing to complete course at FTII cost exchequer Rs 11.83 cr: CAG

The CAG says FTII failed to ensure that 212 students enrolled for its prestigious Diploma complete their course within the prescribed duration and hence large percentage of enrolled students continue to be on the rolls of the Institute.

bollywood Updated: Jul 22, 2017 15:10 IST
HT correspondent
HT correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
FTII,CAG,Lok Sabha
FTII is continuously in the news since Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as its chairperson.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) says that students who failed to complete their courses within the stipulated time at the Film and Television Institute of India cost the exchequer losses amounting to Rs 11.83 crore.

In the report tabled in Lok Sabha, the CAG says FTII failed to ensure that 212 students enrolled for its prestigious Diploma complete their course within the prescribed duration and hence large percentage of enrolled students continue to be on the rolls of the Institute.

“This has not only created additional pressure on the limited infrastructure of the Institute but has also indirectly resulted in the opportunity loss for aspirants who were not able to get admission as Institute is already saddled with a very high backlog of existing students”, the report said.

The report says these 212 students who continued to remain on the rolls and in hostels without paying fees resulted in the revenue loss and admissions being held up during the academic years 2010-11 and 2015-16.

It has also censured the FTII, an autonomous body under the ministry of information and broadcasting for having incurred “unfruitful expenditure on consultancy fees without any commensurate benefits, excess release of advance payment and made irregular payment of Service Tax.”

FTII hit headlines, after students went on a 139-day strike in 2015 against the BJP-led NDA government’s decision to appoint Gajendra Chauhan as the FTII chairperson. Chauhan ended his term in January this year and the government is yet to appoint his replacement.

The CAG report says between 2006 and 2012 the FTII admitted 352 students as against 315, of which 94 students were on rolls for more than three years after their courses should have been over.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 15:10 IST